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October 1, 2020, 9:35 AM

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google unveils Pixel 5 with a 6-inch 90Hz OLED display, ultrawide rear-facing camera instead of zoom lens, 5G, 8GB RAM, and fingerprint sensor on back for $699  —  It's October, so despite the weird year we're having, Google is hosting a (virtual) event to show off its latest smartphone, the Pixel 5.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google introduces a new Android feature called Hold for Me, which uses Assistant to monitor held phone calls and notify the user when taken off hold  —  Google has been pushing forward the capabilities of what a smartphone can do when it comes to one of the device's most basic — if these days often overlooked — features: phone calls.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google to pay publishers $1B+ through 2023 to create and curate high-quality journalism for the new Google News Showcase, starting in Germany and Brazil  —  Google will pay publishers more than $1 billion over the next three years to create and curate high-quality journalism for a new set …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it will ban Facebook and Instagram ads that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election, including calling specific voting methods fraudulent  —  - Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will not allow any ads on its service that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils $549 Surface Laptop Go with a smaller 12.4-inch display, 10th-gen Intel Core i5, in three models, available for preorder today to ship Oct 13  —  This new Surface laptop is smaller, lighter, and less powerful  —  Microsoft is introducing a new Surface Laptop Go today …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Microsoft updates the Surface Pro X with a faster SQ2 processor and a new silvery platinum color, starting at $1,500  —  October is here, which means it's time again for Microsoft to release new hardware.  While the Surface Duo may have been the talk of the town last month with its intriguing …
The Economic Times:
Indian startups blame Google for “unfair exploitation” of Play Store's monopoly after Google began to enforce its in-app purchasing policy with 30% commission  —  Tech giant says companies have multiple store options, can also use websites  —  Indian startups are up in arms …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Chromecast (2020) review: excellent value for a 4K device and Google TV is great, but performance sometimes dips and home screen isn't customizable  —  The new Google TV software makes it easy to find something to watch  —  The new Chromecast is a much different product …
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Shira Ovide / New York Times:
By making Instagram and Messenger interoperate, Facebook is entrenching itself, making it harder for a regulator to break it up and for rivals to unseat it  —  The more Facebook knits together its apps, the harder it becomes for a government to break it up. … Facebook's changes under the hood are a power grab.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Palantir closed at $9.50 following its direct listing on the NYSE, after opening at $10, giving it a market cap of roughly $20.9B  —  - Palantir's public market debut on Wednesday comes 17 years after the company was created.  — In pursuing a direct listing, Palantir is following the path …
Sharon Weinberger / New York Magazine:
Jeff Benson / Decrypt:
US judge rules that Kik violated securities law in its $100M ICO from 2017, grants the SEC's motion for summary judgment against Kik  —  US District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein today granted the US Securities and Exchange Commission its motion for summary judgement against Kik Interactive …
Rich Woods / Neowin:
Microsoft says Windows 10 on ARM will get support for x64 emulation, letting users run 64-bit Intel apps, later this year  —  The idea that Microsoft was going to support AMD64 (or x64) emulation on Windows on ARM has been floating around since November of last year, when we exclusively reported that the company was working on it.
Te-Ping Chen / Wall Street Journal:
Women founders of AI startups talk about gender disparity in tech, how they are trying to build diverse workplaces, and addressing potential biases in AI  —  They see gender diversity in their companies as crucial in making sure the technology doesn't penalize the underrepresented
NBC News:
Interviews with 40 Amazon employees and government documents: Amazon's COVID-19 response lacks oversight and transparency with inadequate worker safety policies  —  On the evening of Sunday, Aug. 9, workers at the MKE1 Amazon fulfilment center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, received an alert …

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